First off, what made me decide to take this bold challenge of purchasing, setting up, installing, supporting, and training my dad on how to use his new computer with Windows 8. Simple, it is a challenge. I am also curious about how easy or difficult the transition will be from Windows XP to Windows 8.
Here is a little background on my dad. He has used computer since DOS 5.0 and has experience using Windows operating system up to Windows XP. Why you may ask that my dad never used Windows Vista or Windows 7? Simple, he retired. He is among many people has grown comfortable using Windows XP like person who wear their old pair of shoes. Yes those shoe my look ugly and worn but they are confortable.
Who likes change? Not many people from those who I have talked to about Windows 8 and the inevitable end of Windows XP. For those people who are not aware, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014. What does that mean? It means that Microsoft will stop producing security updates for Windows XP. Some people told me that they would keep using Windows XP after Microsoft stops producing security updates. I explain to those people who plan on using Windows XP after April 8, 2014 with this thought. Consider unlocking and leaving open your front, rear and garage door and walk away from your house. This example would be the same as using Windows XP after April 2014. How can that be? All the people who create malicious code that ends up as a virus will have an easy time exploiting computers using Windows XP. I have people tell me that my anti virus program will find those viruses and remove them. My answer to that statement is maybe but people still get viruses on their computer with a supported operating system. What options do I have? A person can upgrade their computer to Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 (released on October 26, 2012). Which leads me to my challenge.
Discussions with my dad about upgrading his computer to Windows 7 or Windows 8 have ended with great resistance. This got me to think of why is he so resistant to using Windows 7 or Windows 8. With more discussions and questions the answer became clear, he is confortable with Windows XP. He has his computer configured so all he does is turn on his computer and he is able to access his web sites and programs.
I have started this blog entry as a journal of my experiences so other people can follow my success or failure of getting my dad a current computer with a current Microsoft operating system.